FOUR trees have been ear-marked for removal in Dalley Street, Lismore, near St Vincent's Private Hospital, to make room for a cycleway.

Lismore City Council has secured $148,000 from the NSW Government's Active Transport Program for their Cycleway Plan which they will match dollar for dollar to widen approximately 1.3km of existing footpath.

Penny Evans of Lismore is disappointed trees are being cut down in Dalley Street.Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Penny Evans of Lismore is disappointed trees are being cut down in Dalley Street.Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

Helping reduce traffic

A council spokesperson said encouraging people to walk and cycle in areas where most short trips occur helps to reduce traffic, get people exercising and take the pressure of public transport.

The footpath widening will take place on the northern side of Dalley Street from Wyrallah Road to Military Road.

Tree removal

As part of this project Council needs to remove four trees in Dalley Street.

"These four trees near St Vincent's Private Hospital are currently damaging the footpath and creating trip hazards, and need to be removed in order to widen the footpath," the spokesperson said.

The four trees - three poincianas and a camphor laurel - are located at the corner of Stokes and Dalley Streets; at 14 Dalley Street; near 20 Dalley Street; and on the corner of Dibbs Street and Dalley Street.

Council advised they are currently talking to those residents who are directly affected.

Least disruption as possible

"Council tried to identify how to widen the footpath with the least amount of disruption to the trees along this stretch of road as they add to the street's overall beauty," the spokesperson said.

"It was decided these four trees had to go, however at other points the footpath will taper in to ensure the majority of trees can remain.

"The four trees will be replaced with more appropriate trees whose roots will not cause damage in the future."

As part of the footpath widening project, trees that are becoming hazardous to pedestrians and cyclists along that stretch will also be pruned.

The project is now underway and should be finished by February, weather permitting.



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